On Friday 3rd March students from Onslow St Audrey’s School did not make history in defeating the Americans in the Space race. Instead, they had the opportunity to meet the Space Expert, Mr Jerry Stone for a very special Space Workshop.
They started by sharing what they already knew about space and tackled some of their misconceptions about space, such as “there is no gravity in space”, “the Sun gravitates around the Earth” and “Is Pluto really a Planet?”
- The space sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy. In the last five years it’s grown at a rate of 7.5% compared to 1.7% for the rest of the economy. 66,000 new jobs will be created in the sector in the next 15 years.
- The UK is a world leader in space technology and science, and UK teams are involved in dozens of missions from spacecraft orbiting other planets to the many satellites monitoring the Earth.
- Space technology affects almost every part of our lives from weather forecasting and satellite TV, to global communications and navigation. A career in the space industry could include any of these areas and much more. You might be working on a new satellite or developing technology to map a distant planet. You could be helping to make new discoveries about our solar system or using satellites to study pollution on Earth. You might be connecting the world’s most remote communities or helping aid agencies reach a disaster zone.
The final workshop was titled “How Big is Space?” During this session students scaled the size and distance between the Sun, planets and satellites. The activities answered questions including, “How far is it to the Moon?” and “How many planets do we really have?”
Students commented that Mr Stones’ workshop was ‘inspiring and interesting’ and that they would one day like to visit the moon.
We would like to thank Jerry for taking the time to visit our school, not only for the uplifting and interactive workshop, but for his enthusiasm and passion about Space.